Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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4.84/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is the real McCoy. Barrel aged and crammed with coffee, none other will stand in it’s way. Sought out for being delicious, it is notoriously difficult to track down. If you can find one, shoot to kill, because it is definitely wanted... dead or alive.

Added by siradmiralnelson on 02-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
706
pDev:
6.4%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.76/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.98/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.72/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sabtos
4.87/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pouring with a thick viscosity that's damn near reduced balsamic, a blackish-brown gloss begins coating my companion's lips at first sip, like she's gone full goth. A uniform, dark mocha blanket builds over top of the void black body, but that quickly fizzles out, leaving nothing but brown staining legs that coat the glass with a swirl.

Hypnotizing aromas of deep, dark smoky maple swirl into a luscious malt that brings to mind dark cocoa wafer and mocha. A surprising barrel presence graces the nose without any heat, exhibiting a super oaky but dark wet char that's not spicy or overpowering. The bourbon barrel also delivers a lightly sharp toasted coconut scent as it warms.

Intenesly rich and smoky maple flavors are met with a deeply earthy, dark roasted coffee that I don't recall getting as much of in the numerous Mornin' Delight pours and bottles I've had over the years. Raisinettes and dark cocoa wafer intermingle with the aforementioned flavors, while a substantial charred oak and bourbon complexity amps KBBS up considerably. The black peppery woodiness adds a mild heat, and the divine maple aftertaste lingers forever, with a nicely warm exhale.

The super viscous and velvety thick body suppresses the bourbon heat well. A slow to surface fizz brings a faint sting with it during the sticky, semi-dry yet impossibly round swallow. As you get to the bottom of the glass, it thins out a bit and becomes a bit boozier and less complex, but such is life. Nothing is ever really perfect, is it?

2014 vintage, gold wax

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4.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.87/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious. Waaayyy too strong for drinking Guinness-style but PERFECT with a nice med rare ribeye.

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5/5  rDev +3.3%
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4.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that I always thought Morning Delight should be - the maple syrup is prominent in the nose and taste, but not so forward and overwhelming that it becomes a bit cloying and unpleasant. The barrel is a bit subdued, but still comes through clearly.

KBBS is a once in a lifetime beer that I am sure I'll be chasing for a while now. As I shared this bottle with five friends, I only received about a two ounce pour - which I nursed for a bit and smelled more than tasted. It's so sweet that I think it is best enjoyed as well - let it warm up, let the oily texture because a little more fluid. It's a tremendous beer and best enjoyed very slowly.

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5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly perfect beer.

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4.73/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.92/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +3.3%
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4.85/5  rDev +0.2%
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5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A buddy of mine called me one night and said that I needed to come over and try this new beer he found. Man am I glad I did because it was and is the best stout I have ever had!

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4.81/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

its always an occasion to drink what is deemed on this website to be the best beer in the world. regardless of what one may think about how such rankings are figured, it is a treat to say the least. i remember when i was heady and westy 12 before that, times have changed! after a couple of narrowly missed opportunities to drink this one over the years, my man drlovemd87 came through in the clutch with this rarest of the rare bottle. my pour is as thick as paste, slick and black like crude oil, and without hardly any head to it, near still in appearance, shiny, almost gelatinous looking. the aroma and flavor are intense but unfortunately (to me) familiar, i wanted this to be strikingly different, at least from a quality standpoint, and as good as it all is, its not head and shoulders above all else, it might not even be my favorite barrel aged coffee stout i have had this year (shhh). a few things are immediately obvious to me. the first is that whatever barrels these were, they seem to have housed some excellent whiskey. its not more or less of it, nothing about the oak profile specifically, but the bourbon character itself seems obviously better than most of what else is out there, this i will grant. the second thing, is that saying something like this is objectively better than something else in its category that is notable and near perfect and all of that, is highly problematic, approximations and cloudy memories and nothing more than opinion. factually, this isnt that much better than any number of great beers in its field, and i will stand by that. i cant spend the whole time drinking this thinking about the merits of a ratings system i dont control or other beers i like better though, that would be a foolishly wasted opportunity to enjoy quite literally the best. its full of rich bourbon, heavy vanilla and maple syrup qualities, even the texture of maple syrup, tons of barrel char and earthy burnt dark grain and chocolate, and a well integrated high end coffee profile as well, in some ways quite simple, but impossibly mature and nuanced, enhanced magically by the whiskey, and with lingering sweet, bitter, raisin, cocoa, and bourbon character. its as good as they say it is, that is not my comment. my comment is that others are at this level too. i am enormously thankful to have been able to drink this one, especially without having to pay the absurd secondary market prices this is fetching. if you are considering dropping some coin for this on a forum or whatever, i would reconsider, not that this isnt awesome, but its likely that your local bottle shop or brewery has something comparable...

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4.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Beer rating: 4.84 out of 5 with 706 ratings